SPI organizes the 2nd Business Tour under the Dragonstar Plus project in Shanghai and Shenzhen

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI – www.spieurope.eu) organised, under the project Dragonstar Plus (http://www.dragon-star.eu/) – Horizon 2020, the second business tour to Shanghai and Shenzhen, in China, between November 14th – 19th. The mission allowed the European organisations to attend the EU-China Think Tank Workshop on Science, Technology & Innovation – “The Future of Manufacturing” (Shanghai) and the China High-Tech Fair & Forum (Shenzhen). The main sectors of focus were Industrial and Advanced Manufacturing (industry 4.0, factory and process automation) and ICT (telecommunications, hardware, software, technology and information services). SPI is a partner in the project.

In total, 11 European organisations from 6 EU Member States participated in the tour, namely from Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania and Portugal. The organisations were mainly research institutes, universities, SMEs and start-ups with experience in ICT and Hi-Tech.

On November 14th took place the workshop: EU-China Think Tank Workshop on Science, Technology & Innovation – “The Future of Manufacturing”, organised by EUrelations, partner in the project. The event included three main sessions, moderated by Jessie Zhang, Project Manager of EUrelations: 1) Presentations on Industry 4.0 in Europe and China, delivered by relevant stakeholders ; 2) Panel discussion – Commons and differences, Chances and challenges; 3) Creative Workshop. The welcoming session was done by Laurent Bochereau, Minister Counsellor, EU Delegation to China, by Carlo Diego D’Andrea, European Union Chamber of Commerce and by Epaminondas Christofilopoulos, Technology Consultant of PRAXI Network, coordinator of the project.

On the following day, the European delegation visited the Zhangjiang Science Park. The park is specialised in research of social sciences, software, semiconductors and information technology. They have more than 3,600 companies and start-ups in the park, being known as the Chinese Silicon Valley.

In the morning of November 16th took place the opening ceremony of the China Hi-Tech Fair, where representatives from the Chinese government and municipality of Shenzhen attended. The event also counted with the presence of embassy representatives from EU Member States in China, as well as the European delegation in this tour.

During the afternoon, a seminar was organised by the European Commission, where the new Horizon 2020 opportunities between Europe and China were presented. ENRICH-European Network of Research and Innovation Centres and Hubs, China, a new project coordinated by SPI, was also presented at this event.

The Dragonstar Plus project had an exhibition booth at the China High-Tech Fair. Besides the hi-tech fair, the business tour included 3 visits to Chinese organisations: ZTE Corporation, Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) and China Radical Innovation (CRI). ZTE Corporation is a telecommunication multinational organisation, based in Shenzhen. SUSTech is a public university founded in the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone of China.  It is intended to be a top-tier international university that excels in interdisciplinary research, nurturing innovative talents and delivering new knowledge to the world.  CRI is a non-profitable organisation with the aim to connect radical innovative resources at a global level, together with the exponential demand from the Chinese industry.

The second business mission of DragonStar Plus successfully ended on November 19th. After this mission, it is expected that more and better technological products enter the Chinese market. The mission worked as a bridge to connect European and Chinese organisations, fostering technology transfer and cooperation opportunities between Europe and China.